The Old Girls Association of St Theresa’s Secondary School, Edem Ekpat in Etinan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, has appealed to the State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel to assist in the refurbishment of the deplorable infrastructure in the school.
St Theresa’s Secondary School, a Catholic Missionary school handed over to the state government 40 years ago has suffered serious infrastructural decay.
The President of the Old Girls, Mrs Christiana Egwunye, in a statement issued to newsmen in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, lamented the appalling state of buildings and other facilities at the once prestigious school.
Egwunye noted that the lack of maintenance of the school has not only affected the infrastructure but has also stifled the academic performance such that even the teachers, students and the community have resigned to fate.
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According to her, “St. Theresa’s Secondary School, Edem Ekpat, which was amongst the top revered girls colleges in our state is literally dead today.
“The Alumni through some of its members, have conducted a tour of the school and would therefore plead with the state government to critically assess the state of the decaying infrastructure with a view to repairing, upgrading and supporting the institution to give opportunity to the girl-child within and outside Etinan Local Government Area.
“We wish to appeal to our amiable and gender-friendly governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, to assist St Theresa’s Girls Secondary School and give it a facelift so that our girls can have a conducive learning environment,
“The current state of the school’s decay is not only heart-wrenching but should also be an indictment on our collective consciences.
“This plea has become necessary in view of the school‘s strategic reckoning as the only all-girls secondary school in Etinan Local Government Area.”
The president disclosed that the Alumni of St Theresa (SATESCO) in recent months, in its attempt to make the school habitable for the few students to take their Junior School Certificate Examination, repaired some parts of a hostel and undertook to clear the overgrown weeds and grass which had overtaken the entire school premises.
It should be recalled that St Theresa’s Secondary School metamorphosed from a boarding convent primary school to its present status in 1963.
It was founded and managed by the Holy Child Nuns of the Catholic Mission as a model school for moulding girls with strict discipline and formal education to give them a platform to compete and contribute meaningfully towards the socio-economic activities of the society.
The school still boasts of a student population of over 500 today. However the number of boarding students has drastically reduced because of the deteriorating state of the hostels and academic buildings.